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Jun 8, 2010 10:27 AM

Sportsman's Lodge

Hi - by any chance has anyone held a brunch (private party) function at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City? If so, how was the food? Thanks.

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  1. Catered dinners at the Sportsmen's Lodge involve "banquet chicken", bland potatoes or rice, and sanctified vegetables (you know, after they've had the Hell boiled out of them). I haven't had a brunch there but I can't imagine they're keeping their best chefs on deck for the brunch service.

    Sportsmen's Lodge
    12833 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      I couldn't describe the food more accurately than Das Ubergeek... spot on!!

    2. I had my Bar Mitzvah there... 29 years ago. Food was bland then, but the grounds were nice. I don't expect much has changed in the last 3 decades...

      1. I can remember enjoying duck a la orange and tournedos of beef there, but that was 40 years ago. Never hear tell of the place now, I'd likely give it a pass.

        1. Their buffet sunday brunch was a fairly typical brunch spread...nothing fabulous but nothing awful. Depending on the size of your group, you might be able to get a private room and "share" the main buffet. The grounds are lovely, the service was fine. If you are looking at a Sunday, they may not even offer a catered menu during the buffet, though I imagine the size of the group might make a difference.

          1. The hotel and grounds were sold less than 2 years ago, and most of the restaurants are closed. So any input of more than that long ago is really hard to assess in these times, but I would tend to agree that if you had other options, you should take them.

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            1. re: carter

              Thanks... right now we are looking at Pickwick Gardens, Sportsman Lodge, Hilton Woodland Hills Hilton, Spazio, and Woodland Hills Marriot. From a food standpoint, any comments?

              Spazio Restaurant
              14755 Ventura Blvd Ste D, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

              1. re: burbankfoodie

                I had a really pleasant, not great but pleasant, buffet at the Smokehouse in Toluca Lake. The place is old style red leather boothes and an adequate selection. Their eggs benedict were fairly good. I like the ambience, the food is more than passable and the prices are inexpensive.

                1. re: Hughlipton

                  Smokehouse is always on the 'A' list, especially for their garlic bread. Salivating just thinking about it.

                2. re: burbankfoodie

                  We went to a wedding at Pickwick Gardens a couple years ago. It was fine -- nothing extraordinary, nothing bad. They had mixed green salad, then the mains were either steak or chicken with some sort of cream sauce.

                  I had my wedding at the WH Mariott but we used an outside caterer. It cost a little more to use an outside caterer but it was an indian wedding and we needed to serve indian food.

                  Our friends had their reception at the WH Hilton in November and they used an outside caterer. they had a combination of chinese/vietnamese and Indian food, so 2 different caterers.

                  If you have it in your budget, use an outside caterer. If you use someone off their preferred list, you can get a discount on the base fee, but otherwise it's worth paying the extra price to have some really great food.

                  1. re: burbankfoodie

                    sportsmans is blech. we were there for thanksgiving a few years ago, i wish i could remember why... i wish i could forget that we were there at all. my high school graduation breakfast was also there. i don't remember what they served. i believe there's a reason for that.

                    of your list, I vote for Spazio. solid, though not mind-blowing, food, nice atmosphere.

                    Spazio Restaurant
                    14755 Ventura Blvd Ste D, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

                    1. re: burbankfoodie

                      Would not do Spazio. No input on any of the hotels.
                      How many people is this event for?
                      You might find the patio at Ca Del Sole in Universal City to be ideal, and part or all of it could be reserved, set apart from the balance, or any combination. It holds around 100 or so as I recall.

                      Ca Del Sole
                      4100 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91602